Name for Osaka's new venture has lewd meaning in Swahili


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Mo ii!

who cares!!

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Geez they must have dug pretty hard to find that!

Not sure how many Swahili people she’ll be signing…

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You can't please everyone

There must always be something in one language that sounds bad in another

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I'm sure it wasn't intentional. There are loads of words and phrases that are fine in one country but taboo in another. Take the company name of public transport in Singapore - SMRT. In Czech, "smrt" means death so to a Czech all these trains and buses would read as "death trains" and "death buses". Not the most pleasant, I grant you but the acrynom wasn't intended to reflect Czechia's word for death.

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Hana Kuma means "flower bear" in Japanese. But in Swahili, it has a rather more explicit meaning -- that a woman has no vagina.

Weirder still, there are some in Western countries who believe this to be true.

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How do you say “GO AWAY” in Swahili?

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It’s a dumb name for a company anyway, a 5 year old child could have come up with it.

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It’s a dumb name for a company anyway, a 5 year old child could have come up with it.

well she ain’t that clever!!

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Big in the US, Big in Japan Big in Swahili. Unstoppable.

Just google it yourself. Probably… Kiss my (How do you say sun dont shine in Swahili?)

How do you say “GO AWAY” in Swahili?

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The letter 'H' my Japanese students always giggle uncontrollably when doing the alphabet .

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Actually playing tennis seems not her priority now and that's probably a good thing.

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Can she at least grow up and think like a mature person, instead of the usual Japanese immature attitude. Flowers and bears? Really. It's as if she's doing all this for additional attention.

"East Africans cannot say this even in whispers," added another.

But you can even hear the word in Wiktionary.

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But in Swahili, it has a rather more explicit meaning -- that a woman has no vagina.

Is she trying to tell us something?

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That's an oxymoron. If there's no vagina then there's no woman.

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So if they keep the name, it's racist against Africans. If they change the name, it's racist against Asians. Osaka herself has lineage that includes both Asian and African.

That's enough to make a white liberal's head explode. How do they decide what to get all offended and angry about, and which minority group to come to the 'rescue' of??

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She should keep it; it's an innocent-enough name in her language and with there being over 6000 languages in the world, some are bound to have unfortunate coincidences like this one.

Also, editors, typo:

Swahili -- a bantu language -- is widely used in sub-Saharan Africa

"Bantu" is a proper name and should be capitalized.

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Japanese is not really her language. I’ve heard her speak. She can barely put a simple sentence together. How can u have a Japanese mother and not be able to speak even somewhat comprehensible Japanese?

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